ICC T20 WC: Unbeaten Pakistan demolish Scotland to end Super 12 on a high
Pakistan ended as the top team in Group 2 of the Super League with a comprehensive 72-run win over Scotland at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday night.
Pakistan: 189-4 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Mohammad Rizwan-6.1 ov), 2-59 (Fakhar Zaman-9.4 ov), 3-112 (Mohammad Hafeez-14.6 ov), 4-142 (Babar Azam-17.3 ov)
Scotland: 117-6 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Kyle Coetzer-5.3 ov), 2-36 (Matthew Cross-7.6 ov), 3-41 (George Munsey-10.1 ov), 4-41 (Dylan Budge-10.3 ov), 5-87 (Michael Leask-15.4 ov), 6-114 (Chris Greaves-19.2 ov)
Result: Pakistan won by 72 runs
Pakistan will now play Australia in the semi-final after remaining unbeaten in the Super 12 stage.
After opting to bat Pakistan posted 189 for four in their 20 overs and in response Scotland finished on
Earlier, Pakistan captain Babar Azam batted well yet again. Azam scored a magnificent 66 off 47 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. Azam shared crucial opening stand with Mohammad Rizwan. Later, Azam shared 53 runs for the third wicket with Mohammad Hafeez. Then Azam fell soon after. But Shoaib Malik then took charge of the innings. Malik slammed a rapid 54 off just 18 balls with one boundary and six sixes. Malik's innings gave the right impetus to the Pakistan total at the right time. Malik upped the scoring rate in the company of Asif Ali. Pakistan ended on a high as they finished on 189 for four in their 20 overs. For Scotland the highest wicket-taker was Chris Greaves (2-43).
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In their response, Scotland never got going. They lost wickets at regular intervals. Opener George Munsey got stuck during his innings as he made 17 off 31 balls. The innings began tottering at 41 for four. The asking rate kept rising and the scoring became more and more difficult. The score reached 87 when the fifth wicket fell after 46 run stand between Michael Leask and Richie Berrington. The only batsman to offer any kind of resistance from Scotland was Berrington who made a fine 54 off 37 balls with four boundaries and a six. In the end Scotland finished on 117 for six in their 20 overs to lose by 72 runs.
For Pakistan the best bowler was Shadab Khan (2-14).
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Pakistan camp ended the group stages in style with an overwhelming 73-run win against Scotland at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Unbeaten in their five games thus far; they now meet Australia in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup in Dubai on 11th November.
With the news of India having being eliminated of the knockout stages, Pakistan ought to have a much clearer pathway in the tournament. Winning the toss and bat was the correct option taken up by Babar Azam, as he led an unchanged team for the fifth consecutive game. He along with the team management needed to give their bowlers another chance to bowl with dew conditions that Sharjah has to offer.
Scotland bowlers were on the money in keeping the openers down to 18-0 in the first four overs and powerplay score after six overs stood at 35-0. The slow left-armer - Paisley-born of Pakistan heritage, Hamza Tahir broke the stand by having Rizwan caught behind. Not before the wicket-keeper had overtaken Chris Gayle’s world record aggregate of 1665 T20 runs in a calendar year, which he scored back in 2015. Seeing Fakhar Zaman struggle with his timing and score reaching 60-2 at the half way stage of the innings, perhaps the slow nature of the surface suggested 160 would be a par score in these conditions.
Mohammad Hafeez, found his timing quicker than other batsmen and his six over wide mid-wicket took his side to 100, before he departed for a well- played 31 off 19 balls. Babar’s 50 came off 40 balls and had played another fine knock where he was happy to anchor his side and he departed in the 18th over having contributed 66 off 47 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes. Shoaib Malik, watched by wife Sania Mirza and their son, unleashed brilliant strokes in smashing 54 off just 18 balls with six sixes to bring the crowd to their feet. His thrilling white ball innings propelled the total to 189-4. Scotland bowlers conceded 77 runs off their last five overs with Malik on his way to reaching Pakistan’s fastest fifty in T20Is and finishing the innings with 6,4,6,6 off the last five balls off wrist spinner Chris Greaves.
As an associate member of ICC Scotland were up against it for they were looking for their first win of the tournament against Pakistan, on the other side of the scale, have yet to drop a game. The openers – George Munsey & Kyle Coetzer – very rarely would have come across pace in access of 145kmh in their career, were struggling and the powerplay score after six overs was a mere 24-1. The variety in the bowling was making it even worse as they dipped to 43-4 in the 11th over after Shadab Khan’s two wickets. The wrist spinner would only concede 14 runs in his four-over stint.
In the 15th over, the required run rate had climbed to 20 runs an over and Pakistan were asserting their dominance in what was turning out to be a one-sided contest. Scotland ended with 117-6 in their 20 overs and Malik was an easy choice for Player of the Match.
Scotland's T20 World Cup adventure ends with defeat against unbeaten Pakistan - Cricket Scotland
A brilliant all-round performance from Pakistan ended Scotland’s last hope of a Super 12 win as their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign finished in a 72-run defeat at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Half-centuries from Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik – the latter off only 18 balls – set a platform that was then ruthlessly exploited in the field as the Full Member side confirmed its semi-final place as winners of Group 2 at a canter.
Chasing 190, Scotland’s batters never had the chance to get going against the guile and accuracy of a Pakistan attack which exploited the Sharjah surface to the full. Kyle Coetzer was the first to fall, Hasan Ali’s slower ball evading his attempted drive, before luck deserted Matthew Cross, run out at the non-striker’s end after bowler Imad Wasim fingertipped a George Munsey drive past him and into the stumps.
The departures of Munsey and Dylan Budge left Scotland 41/4 in the eleventh, and although Richie Berrington and Michael Leask battled hard, Berrington scoring a 37-ball 54 - his second half-century of the competition - the margin of victory reflected the dominance of a world class team at the very top of its game.
Scotland will take heart from a number of positive points, however, not least in the fine start to the first innings which restricted Pakistan to just 35 runs from the Powerplay. That early pressure was converted into a wicket next ball as Mohammad Rizwan under-edged Hamza Tahir to Cross behind the stumps, and when Chris Greaves then made it 59/2 by dismissing Fakhar Zaman, Leask completing a well-judged catch at deep midwicket, Scotland was right in the game.
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But Azam and Mohammad Hafeez swung momentum back the other way, and although both fell before the end – Hafeez trapped in front by Safyaan Sharif for 31 and Azam caught by Munsey off Greaves for 66 – Malik remained to power Pakistan to 189/4 and, ultimately, put the game out of reach.
“It’s been a wonderful experience and an experience that I think the players will only get better from,” said Scotland Head Coach Shane Burger. “In terms of the match today, the first ten overs I thought we were brilliant. I thought our execution and our planning, and our energy just looked like we really belonged. I thought that we were absolutely superb in the way that the bowlers bowled, the way we were fielding there was a real energy and Pakistan were under extreme pressure.
“Then we just lost our way a touch which can happen. Pakistan were able to exert a bit of pressure on us and we had a few moments that if we had grabbed them could have potentially changed the course of the game. We gave them far too many in the last five overs. Then from a batting perspective just couldn’t really find ourselves getting into fourth and fifth gear which you need to when you’re chasing 190. There were far too many dots in the first ten overs and ultimately losing a clump of wickets and being 40/4 is an incredibly tough place to come from to chase 190.
“I thought Richie Berrington was superb, he showed great commitment with the bat, so he was the shining light in terms of batting. But we were just outclassed today and we’ll take a lot of learnings from that. Credit to Pakistan, they’re a wonderful outfit and they have a lot of dangerous players.
“That ends the journey for us, but we have no doubt now that we’ve created a platform to keep getting better. This experience will be invaluable for not only players, but also staff and as an organisation we need to pounce on what has been created here. It’s been a long couple of months and it’s been very successful in many avenues, but we know we need to get better to be able to compete at the highest level.”
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (captain), Dylan Budge, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Matthew Cross (wicket-keeper), Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Brad Wheal
Toss: Pakistan, elected to bat
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Paul Wilson, Rod Tucker (On-field Umpires); Adrian Holdstock (TV Umpire); Paul Reiffel (Reserve Umpire); David Boon (Match-referee)
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